I picked up a hi-viz two piece suit in June of 2001. That evening I took my daughter to dinner. Walking up to the truck she looked through the tinted back window to where it was sitting on the seat and said " you aren't going to wear that are you?" I said " You saw it on a dark night through a tinted window. You bet I'm gong to wear it." Two weeks later I rode from Minneapolis to the artic circle north of Fairbanks. In 8200 miles I was not wet, cold or hot. I have used the UV protector on it and the color is still bright. It is also still very waterproof. In extremely hot weather I wear a cooling vest under it with the pits and back vents open and the sleeves loose. It is cooler that way than a t-shirt and a lot safer (Posted on 10/11/13)
I purchased my two piece in October. First the good (so far). The suit is easy to put on and take off and I have a suit now that can deal with all elements of weather. Before, I use to cary several different pants and jackets. I also like the protection. Something, I never really rode with in the past.
Now the bad. My work commute is 17 miles one way. I finally was able to test it a month ago in a heavy rain and the suit leaked in the crotch. I reviewed the instructions that come with it and applied Seamgrip around the area where it appeared to be leaking. Today, I rode home in another downpour. Sure enough, it leaked like a siv after 15 miles. Right through my pants underneath to my skin. The only thing I can think is that when you are seated, the water willl come in through the zipper area. So, if it does this after 15 miles what will it do after 100 mile ride in a heavy rain? Like I said, good for light rain. Not good for heavy. I'm not sure if there is a suit out there that is 100% waterproof but for the amount I paid for this suit. I would expect it to be close. And I was wearing cheap rain suits before that never did that. Looks like I'll have to get some rain pants to wear under this suit. Would not recommend purchasing again. (Posted on 1/18/13)
When I purchased the two piece, I thought the jacket was too big. I called up a buddy of mine that had a roadcrafter suit, and asked him to come over and check it out. When he came over he told me to put a fleece over top of my tshirt, then get on the motorcycle. Well after i did that it fit as it should have, perfect. Riding in cold weather, your going to have to layer up, it's good to have a little extra room for layers. Also I have noticed that with a little extra room when it is hot outside and I have the pit zips and back zipper open, I am nice and cool when riding down the road.
I really enjoy the convienience of the zipper system to get in and out of this suit.
Last weekend I did a short trip about 180 miles through the mountains and the desert. The weather was warm in the mountains and hot in the desert on the way there. I had all the vents open through the desert and stayed relatively cool. On the way back from the trip it was cold and rainy. I threw on an extra layer stayed warm and dry the whole ride home.
I spent a lot of time contemplating this suit. I am glad I finally made the decision to buy it. I made the right decision. Looking forward to putting many years and many miles on this suit. (Posted on 10/28/12)
Two weeks ago I rembarked on my first real bike trip since tangleing with a deer at 65 mph 10 years prior. No, I wasn't wearing my Stich at the time. Emotions were strong and I admit to being a bit nervous. I knew it was going to be hot, and debated on wearing my Brand X cool-looking jacket and jeans, versus digging out my 16 year old Roadcrafter two-piece. I am so glad I chose wisely. It really was like riding with an old trusted friend. Even in 100+ degree heat. Us veteran Stich owners know a few tricks about making the suit have "air conditioning," and I arrived at my buddy's house in Phoenix, AZ, at three in the afternoon, in July, while wearing the whole suit. Yes, people stared. Daily afternoon t-storms in Colorado were of course no problem, and even the soaking I received on the last 150 miles from home in Seattle caused no grief. This suit has been back to Duluth twice for crash repair and ....uhh....alterations, and looks a bit faded, but as I said, it's like riding with an old friend. I even found a $10 bill in one of the pockets! Best motorcycle investment I ever made. Those that say the suit is too hot just don't know how to deal with it. Besides, it's not as hot as skin grafts and casts. Trust me on that. (Posted on 7/21/12)
All repair and refurbishment work done last year on your Roadcrafter is covered by a two year guarantee on materials and workmanship. Please send your suit back to us and the zipper(s) and Velcro that failed will be replaced at no charge. Please include a note about the items that we should look at, inside the package. Sorry for the problems you have experienced.
- Aerostich customer service (Posted on 4/2/12)
It's not a bad suit. I bought one in early 2007 because I had a big ride coming up, and it's now early 2012. In 5 years I've covered about 80K miles in this suit, much of it in cold and rain (I commute year-round), very little in hot weather. The fabric and sewing have held up quite well. I got it in hi-viz and that has faded quite a bit, but still does the job. The velcro deteriorated quite a bit in the first year but then mostly stabilized and has shown little further decline. The zippers, on the other hand, are crap. The sliders on both wrist zips came off in the first few months of wear. After about three years the vest pocket zipper failed. Last spring the main pants zip broke, but I managed to coax it along until the off season (July-August, when I can wear a light-duty suit) when I sent the suit in for replacement of the broken zips and the main zips. This cost about $200 and took 6 weeks and now, less than a year later, the main jacket zip has failed and the left pants pocket zip has failed. So I'll have future zipper replacements done locally. By the way, the new "waterproof" pants zips don't seem to be any improvement over the old ones. They work about as well, handling moderate rains comfortably but leaking in a deluge. In all fairness you probably don't want to ride in a rain heavy and prolonged enough to make this suit leak. Will I buy another Aerostich suit when this one falls apart? Don't know. It may last longer than me. (Posted on 3/31/12)
I received my Roadcrafter two piece a few weeks ago and have worn it everyday commuting to work. This thing is ideal for this purpose. I don't have to consider what I wear to work, slacks or blue jeans, makes no difference, it's all covered up and when I get to work, no bugs on my clothes. I've been commuting on rainy days that would have had me driving my cage in the past. The hi-viz truly is eye catching. I have a black KLR and a Silver Concours, both colors blend into the background, but not this suit. I'm looking forward to my first trip wearing the suit next month. (Posted on 3/28/12)
Aerostich 2 Piece Tips 15+ years, 100K miles, wife picked Blk on Blk , white helmet on 85 K100RS BMW near Phila:
Wash & treat for water resistance more than once per decade; EZPass in short sock held high inside top of right zipped chest pocket with safety pins, credit cards for gas and whistle in lower portion; Waterproof Gzone Boulder cell phone in outer top velcro pocket, wallet goes in inside top pocket; bought smaller winter kneepads so slightly swollen bent knee doesn’t get constricted and sore during long rides.
I like small new Stich backpad, waist zipper lost some teeth, bought another waist zipper, zipped it to first one, sewed shut the side with missing teeth, use the other zipper and gained a little “height” like a cheap ellipse. At the end of a warm day, I do a dozen things to get suit ready for a cold sunrise start:
snug pant legs bottoms, zip waist pocket slots, close both sides of waist zipper, tighten kidney velcro straps, close pit zips, snug cuff velcro, during the day I loosen these as the day warms up. Prior to hard rain, Held Goretex gloves on, gauntlet inside sleeve with glove wrist strap snug and attached to the Stich sleeve Velcro underneath the suit’s wrist strap. This keeps gauntlet up inside sleeve. Comfortable from 25 to 80 deg. F in sun or 85 in shade. K bike likes Stich pants even when hotter to keep away heat. It fits with backpad in either rear “system case.” Electric Vest goes close to my body, optional fleece goes over vest. My kids call it my Darth Vader or Robocop suit. I think of it as insurance should I hit a deer and wear it a lot with the top at least partially zipped to the bottom. Glad it keeps on fitting me. Glad I bought it. (Posted on 12/11/11)
Always a little pricey but I may have to go elsewhere to replace mine two piece Roadcrafter. I do like the suit for all weather riding. I now have 350k on my 4 year old. Replaced all the zippers (most pull tabs broke off) last summer. Water proofing weak now even after 2 part wash and sealant treatments several times a year. The velcro Oops, hook and loop stink. They started doing partial releases with only 20k or so and have since been aided with snap fasteners on the jacket pockets. And yes I constantly remove any fuzz or hairballs in the loops. All around great piece, but HIGH entry price now. Jeez (Posted on 11/11/11)